Minimally invasive spine surgery for the treatment of failed back surgery

Find lasting relief with failed back surgery syndrome treatments from Laser Spine Institute.

Failed back surgery syndrome is a term used to describe the continuation or worsening of symptoms following spine surgery. While there are risks involved with any type of surgery, the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute provides a lower risk of complication compared to traditional procedures.

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand that undergoing and recovering from spine surgery only to have symptoms come back can be a devastating prospect. Fortunately, our minimally invasive outpatient procedures are an option for those both dealing with failed back surgery syndrome and those looking to avoid it. The spine procedures provided at Laser Spine Institute aim to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by degenerative neck and back conditions. Our minimally invasive spine surgery has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, including pain developed as a result of failed back surgery syndrome. To learn more and for answers to any questions you have, contact our dedicated team today.

Types of minimally invasive procedures

Minimally invasive surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^ The type of surgery you are recommended will be determined by a review of your MRI report or CT scan. We offer several minimally invasive procedures, including:

  • Foraminotomy. This procedure decompresses the nerves that travel from the spinal cord through the intervertebral foramina. Foraminal narrowing and pinched nerves can occur as a result of a number of spinal anatomical abnormalities, including bone spurs, herniated discs, bulging discs, thickened ligaments and others.
  • Laminotomy. The goal of our minimally invasive laminotomy is to relieve pressure that has been placed on the spinal cord because of spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal). Spinal stenosis can have many causes, including bone spurs, bulging discs, herniated discs, spinal arthritis and thickened ligaments.
  • Discectomy. A discectomy involves removing the portion of a herniated or bulging disc that has invaded the spinal canal and caused the compression of a nerve root or the spinal cord.
  • Facet thermal ablation. This is performed to deaden one or more medial branch nerves in the facet joints. It is commonly used to relieve the symptoms associated with spinal arthritis.

Our minimally invasive procedures also treat the symptoms associated with sciatica, spondylolisthesis and other common spine conditions.

The minimally invasive procedures we offer at Laser Spine Institute are performed in an outpatient setting at one of our surgery centers across the country. Often for patients suffering from failed back surgery syndrome, a minimally invasive stabilization surgery may be necessary to treat the pain and symptoms.

Minimally invasive stabilization surgery is performed through a small incision in the back using muscle-sparing techniques. Once the spine is accessed, the surgeon removes necessary spinal anatomy and inserts material to stabilize the area. For patients with failed back surgery syndrome, the surgeon might remove the spinal fusion hardware if it did not set properly and is causing your pain.

Advantages of Laser Spine Institute’s procedures compared to traditional open spine surgeries

Laser Spine Institute offers several advantages compared to traditional open back surgery, such as:

• An outpatient procedure
• Less risk of scar tissue formation^
• Shorter recovery time^
• Muscle-sparing techniques

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort associated with a neck or back condition, our minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute could provide you with the relief you need. We are happy to offer a no-cost MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.